If you dream of 12 minute dinner magic, you’re going to love this broccoli recipe!
12 oz dried short pasta (like small shells)
2 broccoli heads
1 cup shredded cheese (or more!)
PASTA SAUCE (NOTES FOR SUBS):
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice (or more!)
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup parmesan, finely grated
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 tsp mixed dried herbs (or fresh!)
1/2 tsp+ red pepper flakes
1 tsp sugar (optional)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Boil a large pot of water with 2 tsp salt, add pasta.
WHILE PASTA IS COOKING:
Chop broccoli into small florets.
Place Sauce ingredients in a jar with lid.
Add broccoli into water 1 - 2 minutes before pasta is cooked.
SCOOP OUT 1 cup pasta cooking water.
Add 1/2 cup pasta water to Pasta Sauce jar, shake.
Drain pasta and broccoli, put back into same pot on turned off stove.
Pour over Sauce, add cheese.
Stir vigorously, adding more pasta water if required. Add more salt and pepper if required. Serve immediately, garnished with parmesan.
Pasta - any short pasta is fine here, macaroni/elbow, twirls, penne, ziti, orecchiette etc.
Broccoli - this dish can take loads of broccoli, and still worth making even if you're a bit short (or scale recipe down - click on servings and slide).
Cheese - any melting cheese fine here, preferably flavoured like cheddar, Monterey Jack, tasty, gruyere, Swiss. Mozzarella also fine but you'll probably need more salt.
Parmesan - store bought pre grated fine in this recipe. OK if you don't have (as long as you have shredded cheese!)
Lemon - not intended to be a full on lemon pasta, but the subtle tang and hint of lemon is terrific. Feel free to jack up the lemon flavour. Subs: 1.5 tbsp more oil or a mild vinegar like white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, even rice wine.
Garlic - could stir through green onions instead, or add 1/2 tsp garlic or onion powder into Sauce. OR finely grate any onion and add 2 tbsp it into dressing (juices and all).
Herbs - mixed herbs includes a bit of rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, dried basil. Feel free to use any you want, skip it, OR use fresh herbs
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil right at the end would be amazing
1/4 - 1/2 cup chives, parsley
2 tbsp oregano
Red pepper flakes - for touch of heat, totally optional
Sugar - totally optional (takes edge off the sour)